Here’s How A 17-Year-Old Vampire Web Series Uses Crowdsourcing To Keep Its Blood Flowing

Earlier in November, the second season of The Hunted: Encore arrived online. Encore, a charming and lighthearted vampire musical, is an enjoyable program in its right, but it is also a part of something greater. It is the latest chapter in The Hunted, a web series franchise that has used a unique crowdsourced model to survive as one of, if not the longest-running web series on the internet.

The man behind The Hunted is Robert Chapin, a fight choreographer and FX artist who first devised his signature project for a class he taught in 2000. He created a simple structure -- vampires exist and are tracked down by groups called Slayers -- and the first episodes of The Hunted arrived on his website in April 2001. The show has existed, in various forms, ever since.

Over the years, Chapin has created many Hunted episodes of his own, but the secret to the
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Wamg Recommends the Book The Untold, In-depth, Outrageously True Story Of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment

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The ’80s live! Wamg recently got its hands on the new terrific, epic, 482-page book The Untold, In-depth, Outrageously True Story Of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment by Marco Siedelmann, Nadia Bruce-Rawlings, and Stephen A. Roberts. This interview collection takes us back into the roaring 1980s, when the home video market changed the whole world of film making. For a short time, everything seemed possible, and in a way everything was possible. Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment was in the right place at the right time. Although Sge closed its doors in 1995, films like The Exterminator, Black Roses, Shakedown, Moontrap, Red Scorpion, No Retreat No Surrender II, Basket Case II & III, Frankenhooker, Maniac Cop and several others remain cult favorites today.

Enlightening interviews with business legends and producers are combined with extended conversations with well-known genre filmmakers. On top of this are the voices of all the key people that marketed
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Indie Spotlight: ‘The Hunted: Encore’ Reinvents A Classic Web Series With Song

How do you put a new twist on a show that claims the title of "Longest-running series online?" With music and lyrics, of course. That's the idea behind The Hunted: Encore, a musical web series that serves as a companion piece for Bob Chapin's long-running vampire series The Hunted.

The Hunted, which is set in a world of vampires and the "slayers" who battle them, has been around since the early 2000s. One of the ways Chapin has supported his show is through a number of "affiliate" projects that are led by other creators but set in the Hunted universe. Encore, directed by Ryan Gibeau and written by Ned Donovan with music by Marcus Bagala, is one of those affiliates. Its protagonists are three slayers, two of whom are butting heads with the third.

What makes Encore truly exciting is its soundtrack. The series is filled with fun, peppy
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Avatar tops 8th Annual Ves Awards Nominations

No surprise there.  It goes without saying that James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle Avatar has the potential to clean house at the 8th Annual Ves Awards for its breath taking visuals by the acclaimed Weta Digital. Cameron will also be picking up a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.  In the outstanding animated feature category, the nominees include Up, 9, Coraline, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The official press release is as followed:

3-D Films Dominate With Most Noms as Avatar grabs 11, Coraline 4, and Visual Effects Company Weta Digital Snags Most Company Noms with 9

Los Angeles, January 19, 2010 - The Visual Effects Society (Ves) today announced the nominees for the 8th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in over twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.  Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 16, 2010, by numerous blue ribbon panels of Ves members who
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'Avatar' leads Visual Effects Society noms

'Avatar' leads Visual Effects Society noms
James Cameron's "Avatar" led the list of nominations announced Monday by the Visual Effects Society, scooping up 11.

The animated "Coraline," another movie released in 3D, followed with four nominations.

New Zealand-based Weta Digital, which worked on "Avatar," led the company noms with nine.

For visual effects in an effects-driven motion picture feature, the nominees are "2012," "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Noms for supporting visual effects in a movie went to "Angels & Demons," "The Box," "Invictus," "The Road" and "Sherlock Holmes."

  "9," "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," "Coraline," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Up" were nominated for outstanding animation in an animated feature.

Ves noms in 20 categories, covering film, animation, TV, commercials and video games were chosen Saturday by blue-ribbon panels of Ves members, meeting in Burbank, San Francisco and London.

The eighth annual Ves Awards will be handed out on Feb.
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